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Guided Horse Riding Holiday in Canada

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Come experience the grandeur of Algonquin Park in one of the most exciting and natural ways possible! Explore the forest trails, the meandering creeks, and the countless lakes while on the back of a majestic horse.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 250 pounds / 115 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Western tack

Highlights

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • Ride through forests, Grand View Lookout, and High Falls
  • Bonfire and swimming
  • Tranquil surroundings
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Free parking
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding

Algonquin Eco-Lodge is beautifully secluded amidst remote Algonquin Park forests, where even hydro lines and telephone poles cannot reach. It has the feel and atmosphere of a European mountain lodge and is one of the most secluded lodges or hotels in Algonquin Park. With 17 private bedrooms, there is more than enough space to comfortably hold 34 people. The bedrooms are basic and cozy.

There is no TV, phone, or coffee machine in the room, but there is an electric light and a comfortable custom-built bed (doubles and singles). Women’s and men’s bathrooms and showers are shared. They are completely off-grid and yet, with the alternative energy they create from the waterfall (they use 100% micro-hydro electricity), the eco-lodge still provides all the finer comforts. Things such as indoor plumbing, hot showers, an outdoor wood-fired sauna, and even a carbon-neutral hot tub (the only one in Southern Ontario) are heated by electricity from their own waterfall.

If you are looking for a digital detox vacation, then this lodge is the place for you. Since they are so far in the Algonquin Park forest that there are no phone lines, no internet service, and even cell phones do not work, you are guaranteed that work cannot get hold of you. You have no excuse now but to enjoy the company of your family and friends, play a board game with your spouse, or join the other guests toasting marshmallows around the campfire.

So, leave your laptops and Blackberries at home, and bring that book you’ve been meaning to read. All this, plus the extensive groomed wilderness trail network, a private 30-acre (12.5 hectares) lake complete with a family of beavers, and even a resident wolf pack make a visit to the eco-lodge. It is an experience to remember and one of the best ways to explore Algonquin Park.

Program

This is a great trip for both experienced and novice riders, as guidance and instruction will be given (if needed) as you journey through the wilderness. Along the way keep a watchful eye for signs of the numerous animals that live in the Park. It is possible to see beaver, white-tailed deer, moose, otters, or maybe even a rare glimpse of a wolf in the distance. It is often easier to see animals on horseback because you are traveling in a quiet and natural fashion. This exciting package includes three days or two nights at Algonquin Eco-Lodge, plus three daily horseback rides into the heart of Algonquin Park.

You will visit High Falls, the Grand View Lookout, and Gut Rapids, cross numerous streams, and follow winding forest trails. At the end of each day, you will return to the cozy comforts of the eco-lodge where you can relax on the deck, go for a swim in the private 30-acre lake, take a canoe for the paddle, or luxuriate in the wood-fired sauna before you feast on some of the best food in Algonquin Park.

Daily itinerary

Day 1

  • Meet at South Algonquin Trails horse stables at 1:00 p.m.
  • Saddle up, get lessons (if needed), and receive an overview of the trip
  • Ride your horse deep into the forests of Algonquin Park, ending the day at Algonquin Eco-Lodge
  • Dinner at Eco-Lodge
  • Bonfire

Day 2

  • After breakfast, saddle up your horses
  • Ride to Grand View Lookout and cast your gaze over hundreds of square kilometers of Algonquin forest
  • Have a trail lunch
  • Afternoon ride to High Falls, go for a swim, or relax by the edge of the water
  • Barbecue dinner
  • Sauna (on request)
  • Bonfire and Wolf Howl program (by request)

Day 3

  • After breakfast, saddle up your horses and pack your gear
  • Ride out into the forests for another three-hour trail ride to Gut Rapids (or another destination)
  • Return to stables mid-afternoon

Please note that the above itinerary is a sample only. The actual route and destination of each ride may change due to conditions and riders' abilities.

Check-in and checkout

If you will be arriving after dark, please ensure that each person has a flashlight as it is very dark. Since dinner is served until 7:00 p.m., please eat before you arrive if it will be later than that. In order for Algonquin Eco-Lodge to be able to collect your luggage, you must check in by 10:00 p.m. If you arrive after 10:00 p.m., please carry what you need for the night and remember that there is a two-and-a-half-kilometer hike through the dark forest. The staff usually goes to bed at 11:00 p.m. so the building will be dark, but they will leave a note on the counter for you with your room number.

The rest of your luggage will be collected in the morning. If you choose to use the trails or any other facilities, either before the check-in or after the check-out times, you are welcome to do so. However, you do so on your own responsibility and you must accept all risks for doing so. Be aware that the lodge may be closed before the check-in and after the check-out times, and there may be no staff on-site to provide you with any assistance during such times.

Location

Algonquin Eco-Lodge is located on the southern border of Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada (between Harcourt and Maynooth, near Bancroft), only three hours from Toronto or Ottawa. The nearest hospital is 45 minutes away and the nearest phone is 15 minutes away.

Situated on the shores of a private lake and a cascading waterfall, the lodge is perfect for people who want a wilderness without having to camp. Please note that there are wild animals such as moose, bears, and wolves that inhabit the area. While they are not something you normally need to be frightened of, you do need to be aware that you could potentially encounter one.

Distances

  • 18-hole golf course - 10 minutes by car
  • The nearest phone - 15 minutes
  • The nearest hospital - 45 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Mountain biking
  • Sauna

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • Special menu request

Services

  • Parking lot
  • Wedding

Food

You will have daily meals from dinner on the first day to lunch on the last day. Vegetarian or non-pork diets are provided at no extra charge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Hallal
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Geocaching
  • Mountain biking
  • Sidekick package with a two-and-a-half-day trip (three-hour rides on the first and last day) plus a full day of leisure for relaxing, a day trip by canoe, or golf
  • Swimming

What's included

  • 3 days of guided horseback riding (with instruction as required)
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • Use of hiking trail system (over 40 kilometers)
  • Use of the outdoor carbon-neutral hot tub
  • Use of canoes, sauna, and paddleboats at the eco-lodge
  • Bonfire and Wolf Howl program by request

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • 13% HST
  • 10% staff gratuity
  • Luggage transfers (10 CAD per person)

How to get there

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Driving directions from Algonquin

  • Take Highway 60 east to just past Whitney.
  • Turn south onto Highway 127.
  • In Maynooth, turn right onto Highway 62 (toward Bancroft), make another quick right turn onto County Road 10 (Peterson Road), and follow it for 18.1 kilometers.
  • Watch for the Algonquin Eco-Lodge sign, on the right-hand side of the road, just before the lumber mill, and 1.4 kilometers before Benoir Lake Road.
  • From the parking lot, walk past the steel gate that marks the border of Algonquin Park.
  • You will walk about 200 meters and then arrive at an intersection (at Little Mink Lake).
  • Take the trail to the right and follow it for 2.3 kilometers (about 20 minutes).
  • When you come to the small or medium-sized hill, you are nearly there.
  • Just go up the hill and the eco-lodge is the second building.
  • The trail is all flat, except for the hill, and easy to walk.

Driving directions from Ottawa

  • Take Highway 417 west to Highway 17 west.
  • Turn left onto Highway 60, and then west on Highway 132 and follow it onto Highway 41 south.
  • Then go to Highway 28 west until Bancroft.
  • Take Highway 62 north until Maynooth, then turn left onto County Road 10 (Peterson Road) and follow it for 18.1 kilometers.
  • Watch for the Algonquin Eco-Lodge sign, on the right-hand side of the road, just before the lumber mill, and 1.4 kilometers before Benoir Lake Road.

Driving directions from Toronto

  • Take Highway 401 east to Highway 115.
  • Go north of Peterborough to Highway 7 east.
  • After about 10 minutes, turn left onto Highway 28 north (formerly Highway 134).
  • Follow Highway 28 to Paudash at Highway 118 (formerly 121).
  • Turn left (west) onto Highway 118 and then turn north on County Road 648.
  • Past Highland Grove, turn right (north) onto County Road 10 (Elephant Lake Road).
  • Drive for 16.6 kilometers and 1.4 kilometers past Benoir Lake Road.
  • Watch for Algonquin Eco-Lodge signs on the left side of the road (past the lumber mill).

Arrival by bus

You can take a Greyhound bus to Maynooth and Algonquin Eco-Lodge can pick you up there. The bus only runs a few days a week, so you will need to check their schedule. The Greyhound bus terminal in Toronto is located at 610 Bay Street, at the corner of Bay Street and Dundas Street, opposite the Eaton Centre. The Ottawa bus terminal is located at 265 Catherine Street.

Arrival by shuttle

Algonquin Eco-Lodge can provide a return shuttle to Maynooth for 30 CAD per person.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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